Laredo: AMAZON KINGFISHER
first sighting: Oct 30; last update: Jan 24 Map
An AMAZON KINGFISHER was photographed by Raul Delgado on the morning of Oct 30 on the Las Palmas Trail at Zacate Creek near Laredo. (Photo on Facebook) It continued to be seen through 5pm.
Directions: To get to Zacate Creek from US 83, just east of I-35/San Dario Avenue. From US 83, go south on Saint Jorge to Zaragosa Street, left on Zaragosa to San Eugenia, Right on San Eugenia one block to Water St. turn left on Water and park. Look for the Kingfisher along Zacate Creek, which is just east of you. DO NOT enter the creek. Respect the yellow tape boundary that the city has put up and bird from the hillside or trail. The bird is also being seen at Los Dos Laredos Park upstream on the Rio Grande, at 27.4994, -99.5097.
Latest Reports: Continued sightings through Dec 16. On Dec 10 it was seen noon-1pm from Los Dos Laredos Park, mostly on the Mexican side of the river, roughly opposite Santa Cleothilde Ave (27.49964, -99.51327) and ranging west from there about a hundred yards (halfway to the railroad trestle). (Brian & Eileen Keelan). Dec 15-18: sightings at Los Dos Laredos Park. Dec 21-23: Sightings at Los Dos Laredos Park. Dec 24: seen at creek mouth along Las Palmas Trail. (Tom Unsicker) Dec 25: morning, fishing in river near railroad bridge. Dec 26: at Las Palmas Trail. Dec 27: morning, at Los Dos Laredos Park. Dec 28: morning, at railroad bridge. Dec 29-Jan 17: continues. Jan 18-19: negative reports. Jan 22-23: along Las Palmas Trail. Negative reports for Jan 24.
Refugio: GOLDEN-CROWNED WARBLER
first sighting: Jan 24; last update: Feb 20 Map
On Jan 24 Derek Muschalek found a GOLDEN-CROWNED WARBLER at Shelly/Lion's Park in Refugio, in same area where one spent several weeks from 12/5/15- 2/24/16. The bird was seen with Orange-crowned Warblers along the creek, moving downstream. It was feeding and quite vocal.
Latest Reports: Continued sightings through Feb 20.
Estero Llano Grande SP: BLUE BUNTING
first sighting: Jan 23; last update: Jan 25 Map
Victor Stoll reported that he and his brother Ruben observed a female BLUE BUNTING at Estero Llano Grande SP on the morning of Jan 23. No photos were obtained. The bird was seen between Grebe Marsh and Alligator Pond.
Latest Reports: Jan 25: 2:50pm, in thicket between Grebe Marsh & Alligator Pond. Very difficult to find. Had searched from 9am on to find it. (Yve Morrell)
Estero Llano Grande SP: ROSE-THROATED BECARD
first sighting: Jan 9; last update: Feb 20 Map
Mary Beth Stowe found a young male ROSE-THROATED BECARD in the tropical zone open feeding area at Estero Llano Grande SP on the morning of Jan 9.
Latest Reports: Jan 10-Feb 20: continues in tropical zone.
South Padre Island: BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE
first sighting: Jan 15 Map
A BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE was found on the morning of Jan 15 on South Padre Island during a PINS bird tour. The bird was first seen on beach north of fee station (turn left towards beach at communications tower just before fee station). Later it had relocated to 2 miles north. That portion of the beach is accessible from the prior location or from Bob Hall Pier. Beach is driveable, but there is ample plant life washed onto beach and some soft sand.
San Angelo: RUFOUS-BACKED ROBIN
first sighting: Jan 6 Map
On the morning of Jan 6 Ruben and Victor Stoll photographed a RUFOUS-BACKED ROBIN at the South Unit of San Angelo State Park on the morning of Jan 6 and seen by several observers. It was photographed drinking by the feeders from the building blind at the park. (Photo)
Houston: GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL
first sighting: Jan 3; last update: Jan 22 Map
On Jan 3 David Sarkozi photographed an immature GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL at Texas City Dike near Houston. (Photo on Facebook)
Latest Reports: Jan 5: continues on sandbar just past First Lady pavilion. Jan 22: still present (Allen Hardee)
Houston: GREATER PEWEE
first sighting: Sep 20; last update: Feb 19 Map
A couple of reports have come in for a GREATER PEWEE in Bear Creek Park in West Houston. Jennifer Miller reported it on Sep 20, and Dale Wolck on Sep 26. The sightings were around Restroom #9.This is probably the same bird that has been present at this location for the previous 4 winters. Last year it was reported from Aug 27 through Mar 4.
Location: The pewee is typically seen in the area of restrooms #9 and #10.
Latest Reports: Sightings have continued through Jan 26. On Jan 28 Dennis Shepler photographed a 2nd Greater Pewee at Memorial Oaks Cemetery near Bear Creek Park (Map), The bird was in section #'s 11 and 15. Jan 29: morning, two birding groups confirmed with simultaneous sightings that there are now 2 Greater Pewees present in west Houston: Bear Creek Park and Memorial Oaks Cemetery. Jan 30: sighting at cemetery. Feb 1-19: Bear Creek Park bird continues
Port Arthur: BROWN BOOBY
last update: Feb 7 Map
Several BROWN BOOBIES are being seen at Pleasure Island near Port Arthur. Two adults were reported on Dec 26.
Latest Reports: Dec 30: Eight adults. Jan 2: Five birds. Jan 3: one adult and one juvenile. Jan 6: 2 adults. Jan 7: Five adults. Jan 12-13: 2 birds. Jan 14: 2 birds seen offshore from Sea Rim SP. (Map) Jan 17: 3 birds on west side of Sabine Lake in Port Arthur, feeding inside the north revetment. They were not found on Jan 19. (Mike Spencer) Feb 7: one bird reported at Pleasure Island.
Sabine Pass: BROWN BOOBY
first sighting: Jan 10 Map
John Haynes spotted a completely brown very young BROWN BOOBY at Sabine Pass Battleground SHP on Jan 10. It was seen from boat ramp flying south down the channel.
CENTRAL TEXAS: RUFOUS-BACKED ROBIN
first sighting: Dec 20 Map
A RUFOUS-BACKED ROBIN was photographed on Dec 20 at Crescent Bend Nature Park by Cibolo, NE of San Antonio. It was not located the next day.
Santa Ana NWR: NORTHERN JACANA
first sighting: Oct 12; last update: Nov 2 Map
A NORTHERN JACANA was found by Franklin Nejame on Oct. 12 at Santa Ana NWR. He and his friend, Brian Kulvete believe there are two juvenile Northern Jacanas at Pintail Lake. Last year several Northern Jacanas were seen at Santa Ana NWR starting October 11 through March 13. (Photo on Facebook)
Latest Reports: Sightings of at least one bird continue through Nov 2. On Oct 22 and 27, two individuals were spotted (one on Pintail Lake 5, the other on Willow Lake 3). Not found on Nov 3.
South Padre Island: CRIMSON-COLLARED GROSBEAK
first report: Sep 3; last update: Oct 27 Map
Eric Carpenter reported that Gustavo Valero videotaped a CRIMSON-COLLARED GROSBEAK on Sep 3 on South Padre Island and heard it again there on Sep 5. It was on the Valley Land Fund lot (the one on the south side of the road) on Sheepshead Street.
Latest Reports: Sep 18: seen by several birders. Continues through Oct 27.
South Padre Island: VARIEGATED FLYCATCHER
first report: Sep 28; last update: Oct 3 Map
A VARIEGATED FLYCATCHER was found by William Beaty at the South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center on Sep 28. The bird was seen around the front of the building and the parking lot area. (Photos on Facebook)
Latest Reports: Continues through Oct 2. Negative reports for Oct 3. The weather patterns have changed and the bird is believed to have moved on.
Victoria Co.: JABIRU
first sighting: Aug 24; last update: Aug 27 Map
Daniel Walker photographed a JABIRU on Aug 24 in Victoria County. It was between Port Lavaca and Victoria, and seen along Hwy 87 in a plowed field. The bird didn't stick around for very long. (Photos on Facebook) The location was the intersection of Hwy 87 and FM 1090. There are not many public roadways in the area and 87 can be busy and dangerous, be careful and respect private landowners' properties - DO NOT TRESPASS. There is also water all over these 2 counties right now so it could be anywhere. This from Petra Hockey "Just found out and saw a "basic" photo of this bird from this past Saturday at the same location or maybe just a little bit further east along FM 1090 , still in the same field, though. So it has been around for at least 5 days."
Latest Reports: Aug 25: morning, same location. As you make a left on Lake Placedo Road bird was on right side behind some high grass. Negative reports for 10:45am-6pm. Aug 26-27: negative reports
Coastal Bend: GREATER PEWEE
first sighting: Nov 27; last update: Apr 11 Map
On the morning of Nov 27 Greg Cook located a GREATER PEWEE at Lions/Shelly Park in Refugio. Lions/Shelly Park is along Mission River, a couple of blocks west of S. Alamo Street in Refugio. Directions inside the park: From the north end of the large pavilion, follow the nature trail about 75 yards. The bird is favoring the area just beyond the alligator warning sign, which can be seen from the parking area.
Latest Reports: Continued reports through Apr 11.
Santa Ana NWR: NORTHERN JACANA
first sighting: Oct 11; last update: Mar 13, 2016 Map
A few juvenile NORTHERN JACANAS have been reported in the Valley. The first sighting at Santa Ana NWR had been on Oct 11. The same or another bird was found on Dec 8. The bird has been observed at Pintail and Willow Lakes.
Latest Reports: Dec 9: seen at Pintail Lakes #3. Dec 10: continues. Reported at Willow Lake. Dec 15: early morning, seen at Willow Lake #3 (Raul Garza). On Feb 10 three Northern Jacanas were present. (two immatures at Pintail Lake in addition to the one currently molting at Cattail Lake). Sightings of multiple birds have continued through Mar 13.
Terry County: COMMON CRANE
first sighting: Feb 7; last update: Mar 8, 2016 Map
Justin Bosler reported that he found an adult COMMON CRANE at Mound Lake in Terry County at 2:35pm on Feb 7. The bird was with an estimated 40,000+ Sandhill Cranes.
Notes (by Justin Bosler) This site is private and highly sensitive with absolutely no public access. However, the good news is that the vast majority of the cranes that roost on Mound Lake can be viewed from public roads to the southwest of the lake, along FM 168 east of Brownfield. Prior to this weekend, Justin had not spent any time in this area and do not have any specific details about where these flocks are foraging. A publicly accessible pair of COMMON CRANES was found on the morning of Feb 21 southeast of Brownfield along CR 490 between CR 555 and FM 168. The observers were Justin Bosler and Olaf Danielson.
Latest Reports: Feb 23: at least 1 crane present along CR 490, 1/2 mile west of FM 161 (Mark Lockwood). Feb 26: two birds seen from 168 and south of 490 between 8:00-10:10am (Gaylee Dean). Feb 28: One - possibly two - Common Crane(s) in the field just northwest of the intersection of Highway 168 and FM 1076 - best viewed from FM 1076. Feb 29: NW of the intersection of FM 1076 and Hwy. 168 - less than a mile west of Highway 168 and best viewed from FM 1076. (Chuck Chalfant), Mar 6: good looks of one bird. Mar 7: 6pm, Continuing, northeast of Brownfield at 0.9 miles north of intersection of CR 280 and CR 535. (Norm Budnitz) Mar 8: Continues at original location. (Norm Budnitz)
TX RBA logo: Varied Thrush image courtesy of Carolyn Ohl-Johnson. Photo taken at her Christmas Mountains Oasis to mark the bird's third month anniversary (October 20, 2012 - January 20, 2013)